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The Sunset Rule

Do you ever get annoyed with other people?

Of course you do—especially with people that you work alongside.

Why? Because you all have to create outcomes together, and when something doesn’t go right, it often feels like you’re unsupported by others. Annoyance goes up, and people let you down. If you let that annoyance continue to build, it becomes a worse problem.

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How would your higher self handle this?

Maybe you already know the biggest problem that’s going to hit you today. When it does, have a conversation with yourself. How would my higher self handle this?

Let’s see. My higher self probably wouldn’t get explosive. My higher self probably wouldn’t start running for the hills. My higher self would probably say: “This will need some resourcefulness. I guess I’d better get my game on here, because I’m going to have to solve this.”

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Optimal functioning?

I grew up as a farm girl. I was all in for being a farm girl and did essentially everything my father did. I milked cows, made fences, plowed fields, bailed hay—anything he could do, I did too.

One of the things I learned is that when you “balance the ration” for a cow—code for deciding how much of which grains, legumes, and nutrients she received—it made a predictable and profound impact on optimizing her milk production. A little bit of supplemented selenium added to the ration would dramatically improve milk production by maybe 10 or 20 percent almost immediately.

A tweak of a pinch of selenium can make that big of a difference? It can indeed.

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Close enough is rarely good enough

When I graduated from college to start my first job, one of the things that I had to learn was how to be accurate. In college, they let you get by with things. You don’t have to check your work. If you are close enough, that’s good enough.

But I discovered very quickly in that first job that people count on everything we do being 100% accurate. That was a brutal new reality for which I wasn’t the least bit prepared.

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Not the smartest person in the room

What if you really listened to understand? Now I mean, really listened to understand what that person is thinking and feeling and why.

Our society has moved to a dangerous part of history where we have powerful narratives and beliefs about how things need to be, and we get dogmatic and sink into what we believe as opposed to being very curious about why someone thinks differently.

We often believe that “our truth” is “the” truth.

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